Travelling with Minors

As of the 01 October 2016 minors travelling through Botswana’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

For full details of entry requirements for minors travelling to Botswana based on the parental situation please refer to the table below. These requirements are laid out as per the Botswana Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs and are a requirement for entry into the country. Without the correct paperwork you will be prohibited from traveling to into Botswana.

For further information and assistance you we recommend you contact your local Botswana Embassy. Alternatively you can contact the relevant department on +2763611339 and +2673611310.

Description Requirements
Minor accompanied by both parents
  • Valid Passport;
  • Valid visa, if required; and
  • Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)
Minor accompanied by one parent
  • Valid passport;
  • Valid visa, if required;
  • Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)NOTE: In the case of single parents, where only one parent’s particulars appear on the Unabridged Birth Certificate, a consent letter is not required. In the case where parents were never married but both parents’ particulars appear on the Unabridged Birth Certificate, a consent Affidavit by a non-travelling parent administered by any Commissioner of Oath is required.
Minor travelling with one parent who is divorced or legally separated and who has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights (previously called ―sole custody) or full legal guardianship in respect of the minor
  • Valid Passport;
  • Valid visa, if required;
  • Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)
  • Court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights (previously called sole custody) or full legal guardianship in respect of the minor.
Minor travelling with one parent who is divorced or legally separated and who has been granted specific parental responsibilities and rights (previously called ―joint custody) or legal guardianship in respect of the minor
  • Valid Passport;
  • Valid visa, if required;
  • Unabridged Birth Certificate (Birth Certificate containing the particulars of a minor and those of his or her parent or parents)
  • Court order granting specific parental responsibilities and rights (previously called joint custody) or joint legal guardianship in respect of the minor; and Parental Consent Affidavit from the remaining parent is required.

NOTE: Where the accompanying parent presents a Parental Consent Affidavit and both parents’ names on the Unabridged Birth Certificate correspond with the names on the Parental Consent Affidavit and the travelling parent’s passport, a court order granting specific parental responsibilities and rights or joint legal guardianship may be dispensed with.

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